The Dodgers began their road trip like gangbusters, winning their first two games in St. Louis before running into a pitching buzz saw and managing to score only one run in the two losses to conclude the series. Now they look to get well in Milwaukee. Here is a look at the pitching matchups and schedule for the weekend series with the Brewers at Miller Park.
Friday, 5:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw looks to rebound from his worst start of the season, only the fifth time that he has allowed ten or more hits in an outing. Despite that outing, he still sports a league-leading 7.8 strikeout to walk ratio. Jimmy Nelson struck out ten Diamondbacks in his last start, dropping his ERA to 3.83 while averaging nearly 5 2⁄3 innings per start. It will be the righthander’s 11th start of the season.
Saturday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Rich Hill makes his sixth start of the year, with his last start being the longest of the season when measured by pitch count (86) or innings (5). He has accumulated only 22 innings pitched this season and while he has struck out 21 batters, he has also walked 14. He faces veteran righthander Matt Garza, who, despite a respectable 1.2 WHIP, has allowed more hits (41) than innings pitched (40 2⁄3 ), something that he has done each of the last two seasons.
Sunday, 11:10 a.m. (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda, slated to start the series finale, hopes to have a better beginning than the three-run first innings he suffered in his last two starts. He currently carries a 5.21 ERA, but a somewhat more respectable 4.22 FIP. Zach Davies completes the right-handed trio of starters for Milwaukee this weekend. This will be his team-leading 12th start of the year, but he also “leads” the Brewers starters with a 5.27 FIP, closely paired with his 5.18 ERA; 71 hits allowed in 57 1⁄3 innings tends to do things like that.